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The Shared Sea

Historian Dr Renaud Morieux examines where in the Channel England ends and France begins and how that understanding has influenced peace, conflict and trade.

Dr Renaud Morieux, senior lecturer in History at Cambridge University, explores where in The Channel England ends and France begins, and examines how that understanding has influenced peace, conflict and trade. In the company of Dr Susan Foister, Deputy Director of the National Gallery, he reflects on what Turner's painting of Calais Pier reveals of the Channel at the time.

The Channel is a reflection on the stretch of water that both separates us from and connects us to Europe. The series examines how this waterway has affected our British identity through time, and continues to do so.

Music composed by Phil Channell

Producer: Marya Burgess.

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15 minutes